The best camera is the one you have with you and we pretty much always have our smartphones with us. With many Android phones, the camera alone will sell the device for some customers. Needless to say, there are plenty of apps in the Play Store that cater to all kinds of shutterbugs and their smartphone cameras for when the built-in camera application on your phone just doesn’t cut it. So, in this guide, we’re going to go over the best camera apps for your device.
Google has been granted a patent for multiple flashes on a mobile device. A series of LED flashes is bound to be more powerful than the single LED most smartphones have these days and it opens a host of photographic possibilities. For small or close-up photography a ring flash will go a long way toward smooth, consistent and shadow free lighting. A multiple flash layout also opens the door for second curtain or slow sync flash, which allows for much better nighttime shots.
The patent also addresses different positions and configurations for the flash units. One such configuration would make it more like a pop-up flash as seen on many point and shoot cameras. Moving the flash farther from the lens would also have the added benefit of reducing the number of red-eye shots. This new patent creates a lot of possibilities, including the end of mediocrity when it comes to cameras on Google’s Nexus handsets. This could, of course, find its way to Motorola. Anyone count the flashes on that mythical X Phone yet?
First, let’s get this out of the way. 500px is NOT like Instagram. It won’t allow you to snap quick pics with your handset, add filters, and upload them to share with friends. No, 500px is more of a photography community where the uploading is done through their web site. These are not your typical phone pics, either. These are, in most cases, taken with full DSLR cameras, and tend toward more artistic and professional-looking compositions.
500px also allows you, as a member, to not only upload your pictures, but sell them on wrapped canvas through their site. Nice touch. They offer three tiers of membership: Free, Plus ($19.95/year), and Awesome ($49.95/year). The free membership limits you to 10 uploads per week. Exploring their web site feels almost like Pinterest but for great photography.
The Android app is now available and runs on Android 2.2 and higher, and looks great on a tablet. Here’s a list of features as displayed on their Play Store page.
We’ve seen an Android-powered 16MP camera from Polaroid, and 3D cameras from HTC and LG. But imagine a camera that can capture the entire light field at once. What good is that? Well, it would allow you to take a picture without worrying about what’s in focus since you could actually focus the picture afterwards. This is exactly what the Lytro camera can do.
Currently, the Lytro is a stand-alone unit that requires a Mac to process the images it shoots, but a Windows version is expected soon. Eventually, this type of technology will hit mobile devices and make blurry phone pics a thing of the past.
Flickr wants Android users to load those amazing photos taken from your Android cameras through the browser, rather than our previous method of uploading by email.
The only downside to this is that it requires Android 2.2. Thankfully, many carriers and manufacturers are racing to get Android devices everywhere up to date on Froyo, so we won’t have to wait too long.
No need to install an app, simply point your browser to m.flickr.com. Once you’re there, simply hit the “upload” button which will then open your photo album. From there, you can select the photo you want to push to your Flickr account online. Again, you need to be running Android 2.2 to see this option.
[via Flickr Blog]
One of the things I like most about my Android phone (Samsung Vibrant) is it’s picture taking ability and I take a lot of photos with it. My problems is that I was missing an easy method of uploading images to Flickr. After searching around and trying a number of different tools, I finally found Flickroid which makes this task as easy as it can be.
The Flickroid app itself doesn’t actually have any functionality, but once installed it adds Flickdroid as an option to the Share feature of the Android media gallery. Flickdroid supports:
- Image Uploading
- Video Uploading
- Background Processing
- Tags with suggestions of your used flickr tags
- Privacy settings
- Select from available Photosets
- Blog sharing to twitter, etc
If you have been looking for a simple uploader for Flickr, especially one that integrates nicely into the Gallery then Flickroid will be exactly what you are looking for. For a free app, Flickdroid provides for exactly the functionality some people are looking for.
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Here’s another one of those DIY macro lens attachments for you amateur cell phone photographers looking to get those tricky close-up shots. Rather then buy one for his phone, Nexus One owner Thomas went the do-it-yourself route using an old binocular lens, epoxy, and a headphone jack to secure it his phone. I especially like the use of the headphone jack mount for easy attachment and removal.
Keep reading to see the before and after shots: